Paonia, Colorado

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[San Juan Silver Stage | October & November 2020 | Debra Muzikar, Director, Blue Sage Center for the Arts]

It’s the end of our season, at least for outdoor events, which pretty much wound up with our History Comes Alive presentation. But we still have plenty going on inside—even when masked and social distancing. Our gallery will also be open for virtual events.

History Comes Alive! Through a grant from NextFifty, “Abigail Adams” will visit Paonia’s Town Park on Tuesday, October 6, at 2 pm. And at Cedaredge Arts Center on Tuesday, October 13th at 3pm.  Free to adults 60 and older, accomplished historical reenactor Jessica Downing-Ford portrays the feisty and articulate patriot who was a powerful voice in her own right. Downing-Ford was born in Braintree, Massachusetts, long-time home of the Adams clan, and gives voice to a woman ahead of her time who served as our first Second Lady and our second First Lady. For those under sixty a donation is suggested for this entertaining and thought-provoking event in the tradition of Chautauqua. Please bring a lawn chair, arrive masked and maintain social distancing.

6X6 on Final Friday October 30 at 5pm marks the opening of the Blue Sage’s 6X6 Fundraiser. This annual event features small masterpieces by generous artists who donate their work to support the Blue Sage’s mission of providing community members with opportunities to create and experience the arts in all its forms. Don’t miss the opportunity for a unique gift.

TEENS: Write, illustrate, and publish your own book! Natalie Haines will lead “Rabbit Hole Writing” for young creatives, who will design a visual art piece and end with a published children’s book. This free class will meet on the first and third Saturdays in October and November at the Blue Sage with COVID protocols. For more info and/or to register please call 527-7243 or email

Artisans: The Holiday Gift Gallery will take over the Blue Sage beginning in mid-November. North Fork folks like to support their own, and visitors have learned that the Blue Sage in Paonia is a great place to find a hand-crafted treasure for everyone on their list. Whether you work with clay, fiber, words, photography, jewelry, glass, paper or another unique medium, consider displaying your creations at the Blue Sage. The Holiday Gallery will also be available for online shopping. Space for artisans is limited, so contact us soon at 527.7243 or email

Help us empty our walls The annual 6×6 Art Panel Fundraiser buying starts on Friday, Oct 30th at 5pm. Preview the art here. You can call to purchase using the number listed above the art panel. Curb side pick up. 970-527-7243.

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